Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special ‘The Closer’ has become the talk of the town for its controversial content, which has generated anger not only outside the company but also within it. The streaming giant terminated one of its employees for sharing “commercially sensitive information” outside of a source that was uncovered in a Bloomberg report, thus violating Netflix’s policies.
According to Variety, the figures revealed include financial figures from Chappell’s latest show. In a statement to the website, a Netflix spokesperson said, “We have let an employee go outside the company for sharing confidential, commercially sensitive information.”
“We understand this employee may be motivated by frustration and hurt from Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is core to our company,” he said.
Chappell’s show has been called out for its transphobic content and streaming platforms have been hailed for airing the content on their platform despite the objectionable content. Bloomberg’s article revolves around recent employee protests against the show.
According to the report, Netflix paid $24.1 million for “The Closer” and $23.6 million for the comedian’s 2019 special “Sticks and Stones,” which is more than what streamers paid for Burnham Inside. The type gives the message that it has paid more for the content. What is considered good is more controversial than it is.
In a recent memo addressed to senior company employees, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle’s show, saying he is “one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and We have a long-standing agreement. His last special, “Sticks and Stones,” which is also controversial, is the most-watched, sticky, and most award-winning stand-up special of all time,” reports Variety.
However, Sarandos’ statements have faced criticism and disagreement from its employees, who are now planning a walkout on October 10, 2021, the website said.